Nearly 1 million refugees from South Sudan face dire conditions: UN
15 August 2016, 20:46
Nairobi - Nearly a million refugees fleeing the brutal conflict in
South Sudan, most of them women and children, are suffering dire conditions in
camps across the region, the UN said on Monday.
agency UNHCR said arrivals in Uganda alone had peaked at "more than 8 000
in one day" last month after an outbreak of fresh fighting in the capital
of neighbouring South Sudan.
total, 90% of new arrivals were women and children, the UN added.
refugees fleeing South Sudan in their thousands, surrounding countries are
straining under the weight of large numbers of displaced people and critically
underfunded operations," UNHCR said in a statement.
More refugees arrive daily
there are about 930 000 refugees in the region, and more are arriving
a peace agreement signed nearly a year ago by the government and the rebels,
fighting has continued and the country's crisis has worsened.
thousands of people have been killed since civil war resumed in December 2013.
have been razed in fighting characterised by rape, murder and the deployment of
shortages are common with nearly five million needing emergency rations, while
some parts of the country are on the brink of famine, and the economy is in
the example of a new 100 000 capacity camp at Yumbe, in Uganda, UNHCR said it urgently
needs more money to "speed up the relocation of more than 45 000 refugees
out of overstretched and severely congested reception and transit
so many people living in such close proximity, the potential for disease
outbreak is high," the agency said.
said it had only received a fifth of the $609 million it needed to cater to
nearly one million South Sudanese refugees in six countries in the region, as
well as the roughly 1.6 million uprooted and living in displacement camps
inside the strife-torn country.